QS World - UK

When students, parents and teachers search for a prestigious university to suit their specifications, they duly turn to world rankings to see if their desired establishment ranks highly. The university pecking order is not an outdated institution, but an essential method to ensure that prospective students adequately assess their place of learning before committing to a period of study.

Ranking Institution Country Previous rankingsort descending
1
University of Cambridge
United Kingdom
1
21.9%
11
University of Birmingham
United Kingdom
10
10
The University of Warwick
United Kingdom
11
12.9%
13
London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
United Kingdom
12
7.2%
12
The University of Sheffield
United Kingdom
13
14
The University of Nottingham
United Kingdom
14
11%
15
University of St Andrews
United Kingdom
15
17
University of Southampton
United Kingdom
16
16
Durham University
United Kingdom
17
18
University of Leeds
United Kingdom
18
20
University of York
United Kingdom
19
3
UCL (University College London)
United Kingdom
2
19
Queen Mary University of London (QMUL)
United Kingdom
20
23
Newcastle University
United Kingdom
21
22
University of Liverpool
United Kingdom
22
13.9%
21
Cardiff University
United Kingdom
23
24
University of Aberdeen
United Kingdom
24
25
Lancaster University
United Kingdom
25
26
The University of Exeter
United Kingdom
26
27
Queen's University of Belfast
United Kingdom
27
28
University of Bath
United Kingdom
28
29
University of Sussex
United Kingdom
29
1
Imperial College London
United Kingdom
3
15.2%
31
University of Leicester
United Kingdom
30
71.2%
30
University of Reading
United Kingdom
31
32
University of Dundee
United Kingdom
32
33
University of East Anglia (UEA)
United Kingdom
33
35
Loughborough University
United Kingdom
34
34
University of Strathclyde
United Kingdom
35
36
Royal Holloway University of London
United Kingdom
36
37
University of Surrey
United Kingdom
37
38
SOAS, University of London
United Kingdom
38
42
University of Essex
United Kingdom
39
3
University of Oxford
United Kingdom
4
20.5%
39
City University London
United Kingdom
40
41
Brunel University London
United Kingdom
41
40
Heriot-Watt University
United Kingdom
42
45
Birkbeck College, University of London
United Kingdom
43
43
Oxford Brookes University
United Kingdom
44
44
Aston University
United Kingdom
45
46
University of Kent
United Kingdom
46
47
Swansea University
United Kingdom
47
49
Goldsmiths, University of London
United Kingdom
48
48
Bangor University
United Kingdom
49
6
University of Edinburgh
United Kingdom
5
10.7%
50
Kingston University, London
United Kingdom
50
50
Keele University
United Kingdom
51
50
University of Stirling
United Kingdom
52
53
University of Hull
United Kingdom
52
5
King's College London (KCL)
United Kingdom
6
13.0%
7
University of Bristol
United Kingdom
7
8
The University of Manchester
United Kingdom
8
9
University of Glasgow
United Kingdom
9
39.0%